Monday Morning Reflections

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Romans 12:12-13 Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s call to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from...

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Zoilita and Osvaldo Garcia

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. Ephesians 4:15-16 It seems that marriage has fallen out of fashion these days, and the COVID-19 pandemic might further suppress it. The marriage rate in the United...

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John Lewis

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,   my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him;  he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice,   or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break,  and a dimly...

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Siblings

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29 If you are...

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Burdens

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 This last weekend was, of course, 4th of July, and it seemed different than just about any other 4th of July. This weekend was marked by several massive...

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Speaking and Loving

And who is my neighbor? Luke 10:29 If you are like me, you spent many hours on Friday and Saturday planted in front of a screen, watching the condensed, online 224th “Baltimore” General Assembly. There is a series of news articles on the GA if you missed it. It was...

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Lament into Hope

Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old. Lamentations 5:21 We are in the middle of General Assembly week, but rather than gathering in Baltimore as planned, the commissioners gathered on Friday via Zoom and PC-Biz. In the...

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Change

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 When I was in seminary, my pastor liked to tell the Presbyterian version of the old light bulb joke: How many Presbyterians does it...

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Sin

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, the One who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9 Sin! We never talk about sin! In general, we...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.